US Open Day 13 | Hewett and Reid, the doubles dream team triumph again
When it comes to lifting doubles titles at Grand Slams Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid seem to have found the recipe for success.
A dash of daring and fearless play, a brush of bullying backhands that can knock even the strongest opponent off the court and a pinch of creativity to garnish.
Blend them all together and what have you got?
A tour de force of the tennis court.
Day 13 at Flushing Meadows saw the British duo of Hewett and Reid not only lift the 2017 US Open men’s wheelchair doubles title, it also saw them give us a michelin starred masterclass in teamwork.
Only a couple of hours after the two had been locked in an epic 3 hour head-to-head battle for a place in the men’s singles final on Grandstand, they combined forces to defeat French pairing and their biggest rivals on the doubles court Stephane Houdet and Nico Peifer in straight sets 7-5 6-4
Reid, who lifted the doubles title in 2015 with Houdet, said: “I felt like we played a really composed match and we deserved the win today.”
And Hewett, making his US Open debut this year, added: “It’s my first US Open and I’m loving every minute of it!”
In a tight match, it was Hewett and Reid’s energy and creativity that made the difference and saw them take the title.
There was only one break of serve in the first set and that came in the eleventh game.
With the two pairs level at 5-5, the British pair went 0-40 up on the Houdet serve, the French pair managing to save one break point before they felt the full force of the Hewett and Reid machine.
It was then left to Hewett to serve out for the first set, which he did on the fifth set point – so not without scaring us a little bit but every match needs a bit of jeopardy doesn’t it.
The second set started much like the first with both pairs holding their opening service games, a couple of service breaks followed before it was back on serve.
At 4-4 it was once again Hewett and Reid who pounced taking the final two games, Reid serving out for the second set, match and championship with a love service hold.
The pair have now won the last two Grand Slam titles of 2017 together, this one following on from their successful defence of the doubles title at Wimbledon in July.
And it marks the ninth Grand Slam title for Reid, who completed the career Grand Slam earlier this year after winning the Australian Open with Joachim Gerard, and the fourth for Hewett, three of which have come in 2017 alone and with the potential still there for him to add another as he competes for the men’s singles title against Houdet on the final day at Flushing Meadows.